Imagine the ideal Caribbean island: undeveloped, graced with swaying palms and sugar-white beaches, ringed by turquoise waters, and easily accessible. That's Saona.
Depart right from the pier in a 30-foot, double-engine speedboat for an exhilarating ride along the Dominican Republic's southeastern shoreline. Just when you think it couldn't be more picturesque you'll arrive at Saona Island, a phenomenal stretch of sand, palms and little else that exceeds even the loftiest expectations of a Caribbean paradise. Being a government-protected nature reserve, the island is truly unspoiled; much like it was when Christopher Columbus set foot here in 1494. He named the island Saona in honor of his then hometown of Savona in Italy.
During your time ashore, you're free to do whatever you please. The protective sandbars keep the coastline pristine, so you may wish to simply stroll along the beach. Clusters of palms provide plenty of shade. Tranquility reigns, usually only interrupted by the warble of tropical birds, as more than 100 avian species live in the reserve. Marine life is just as abundant, particularly starfish, which you can easily spot in the crystal-clear waters. If you work up a thirst, an open bar is available with a variety of beverages.
Following your beach adventure, you'll re-board the speedboat and time permitting; zip over to a natural pool. The water tends to be extraordinarily calm and only about three feet deep, so it's ideal for swimming. Afterwards, you'll cruise back along the coast and return to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion. There are sandy surfaces to negotiate at the beach. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, back or neck problems, heart conditions or pregnant women. It is not recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness. Swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; beach towel and flat beach shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Alcoholic beverages will only be served to those over 21 years of age. Minimum age to participate is 8 years-old and children under 18 years-old must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.